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10/24 Extra bases

* Cubs prospect Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs in Yaquis de Obregon’s 8-3 loss to Los Mochis in Mexican Winter League play on Wednesday. It was Villanueva’s second homer of the winter league season.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run in Licey’s 7-4 win over Estrellas in Dominican Winter League play. Alcantara batted .271 this season for Double-A Tennessee.

* Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who has interviewed for the Cubs’ job, also is a candidate for the Nationals’ managerial vacancy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

* According to a survey of 26 music insiders by Rolling Stone magazine, Wrigley Field ranked second among rock stadiums and arenas in the U.S. Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson have all performed at the ballpark. Madison Square Garden in New York ranked No. 1, and Fenway Park was No. 3. The list is part of a “Venues that Rock” series.

* Got a question about the Cubs? The Cubs mailbag is back. Send your questions to, and please include your full name and hometown. Don’t bother sending your resume if inquiring about the vacant manager’s job. I’ll leave that to Theo Epstein & Co.

— Carrie Muskat

9/3 Villanueva honored

Tennessee’s Christian Villanueva was named the Southern League “Hitter of the Week” for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 3. The award is Villanueva’s first of the season and the first league award for any Smokies hitter. He paced the Smokies offense last week with a .304 average (7-for-23), belting three home runs and driving in six. All three of his home run came in the team’s final five-game series with Chattanooga. Villanueva ended the week riding a seven-game hitting streak. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native originally signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He was then traded to the Cubs, along with Kyle Hendricks, in 2012 for RHP Ryan Dempster.

8/13 Minor matters

Monday’s games

Josh Vitters and Mike Olt each homered to help Iowa beat Sacramento, 2-1. Justin Grimm picked up the win, giving up one run over 5 1/3 innings. It was Vitters’ first game back from being on the disabled list. Edgar Gonzalez had two hits, including a double.

Javier Baez hit a game-tying solo home run in the sixth and Taylor Davis smacked a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Montgomery in the first game of a doubleheader. Christian Villanueva hit a three-run homer and Jonathan Mota added a two-run shot in the second game, a 9-4 Smokies win to complete the sweep. Jeff Antigua picked up the win in relief in the nightcap.

Ivan Pineyro gave up one run over six innings in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Tampa. Anthony Giansanti had two hits, including a double.

Dan Vogelbach had two hits to help Kane County snap a three-game losing streak and beat Cedar Rapids, 4-3. Reggie Golden and Rock Shoulders each drove in a run. Vogelbach was promoted to Daytona after the game.

Boise had Monday off, and will resume play Tuesday against Eugene. Third baseman Kris Bryant was promoted to Daytona on Monday, but prior to that, he was named the Northwest League Player of the Week. The Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick was 9-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games.

Erick Leal threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 7-0 win over the Mariners. Brian Bogusevic had one hit, a double, and one RBI in his fourth rehab game. Jeffrey Baez had three hits, including a double and a triple, and one RBIs. Jesse Hodges had two hits and one RBI.

7/18 Where are they now?

Last year, the Cubs front office was busy dealing at the Trade Deadline. They made three moves on July 31, 2012. Where are those players now? Here’s an update:

* The Cubs traded RHP Ryan Dempster to the Rangers for RHP Kyle Hendricks and 3B Christian Villanueva. Dempster went 7-3 with a 5.09 ERA for the Rangers, then signed a two-year, $26.5 million deal with the Red Sox. He’s 5-8 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 starts for Boston. Hendricks is 9-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 18 starts at Double-A Tennessee and was the starting pitcher in the Double-A All-Star game for the North team. He also was the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the month in May. Villanueva was in the Cubs’ Major League spring camp, and batted .167, hitting three home runs. In 89 games with Tennessee, he’s batting .257 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles, two triples, and 47 RBIs.

* The Cubs traded LHP Paul Maholm and OF Reed Johnson to the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and RHP Jaye Chapman. Maholm went 4-5 with 3.54 ERA in 11 starts for the Braves last season, and this year, he’s 9-8 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 starts with Atlanta. Johnson hit .270 in 43 games with the Braves last season, and this year, he’s batting 258 in 58 games with Atlanta. Vizcaino was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and the Cubs thought he might be able to pitch this season but he needed a debridement procedure on his right elbow in late May. He’s still rehabbing. Chapman appeared in 14 games for the Cubs last season, and opened this year at Triple-A Iowa but was shut down after four games and giving up 12 runs over 6 1/3 innings because of a left hip injury.

* The Cubs traded C Geovany Soto to the Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham. Soto batted .196 in 47 games with the Rangers last year. This year, he’s batting .185 in 30 games with four home runs and nine RBI, and has taken a back seat to A.J. Pierzynski on the Rangers. Brigham was traded back to the Rangers on Nov. 20, 2012, for RHP Barret Loux, who is 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) at Triple-A Iowa. He has 65 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings. Brigham, by the way, pitched in seven games at Double-A Frisco this year and did not give up a run, and was 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 17 games with Triple-A Round Rock.

— Carrie Muskat

7/18 Minor matters

Triple-A Iowa returns to action Thursday at Round Rock. Guillermo Moscoso is scheduled to start.

Eleven pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the South beat the North, 6-0, in the Double-A All-Star game. Tennessee’s Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez were all hitless in the game. Kyle Hendricks took the loss, giving up two first inning runs on three hits.

On Thursday, Tennessee faces Jacksonville, with lefty Eric Jokisch taking the mound.

Daytona lost, 4-3, in 11 innings to Charlotte. Yao-Lin Wang gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings in the start. Chad Kris had two hits and Dustin Geiger had three hits, including a double.

Juan Paniagua gave up two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 8-2 loss to Great Lakes. Wilson Contreras and Kevin Encarnacion each homered.

Tyler Skulina gave up one hit over two innings in Boise’s 5-1 win over Hillsboro. Shawon Dunston had a hit and one RBI.

Starling Peralta gave up two hits over three innings in Mesa’s 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. Jeffery Baez hit a rBI double and Garrett Schlecht had two hits, including a triple.


* RHP Dae-Eun Rhee has been activated from the disabled list and placed on Tennessee’s active roster. In a corresponding move, RHP Alberto Cabrera has been promoted to Iowa. Rhee was available for Thursday’s series opener against Jacksonville. Rhee, 24, was 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in two starts for the Smokies before being placed on the DL on April 16. The right-handed starter has made four rehab starts between Mesa and Boise, where he went a combined 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

* Kane County announced pitcher Matt Iannazzo has re-joined the Cougars from Boise, while pitcher Brian Smith has been placed on the 7-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday. Iannazzo originally came to the Cougars from the Cubs’ Spring Training complex in Arizona on April 20 and pitched in four games with Kane County, going 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA in relief. Iannazzo was part of Boise’s Opening Day roster last month and with the Hawks, had gone 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and four saves.

7/3 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games

Donnie Murphy and Brad Nelson each homered to help Iowa beat Memphis, 6-2. Guillermo Moscoso gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings for the win. Nelson’s homer was his 14th. Junior Lake chipped in with three hits, including a double and two triples, and also scored three runs. Ty Wright had two hits and two RBIs.

Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez each homered in Tennessee’s 4-3, 13-inning win over Montgomery. Yeiper Castillo picked up the win in relief.

Daytona had the day off, and returns to action Wednesday against Brevard County.

Tayler Scott gave up five runs over 6 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 5-3 loss to Wisconsin. Jeimer Candelario had one of the team’s five hits, a home run.

David Bote and Jacob Rogers each homered in Boise’s 10-5 win over Salem-Keizer.

Mesa won its fourth straight, beating the Brewers, 6-4. Kevin Brown had two hits and one RBIs.

4/18 Minor matters

Javier Baez went 3-for-6, hitting his third home run, and drove in two runs and Dustin Geiger was 3-for-5 with four RBIs, including three on his second homer of the season, in Daytona’s 13-2 win over Clearwater on Wednesday. Baez and Geiger both homered in a six-run eighth inning. Austin Kirk picked up the win in relief, giving up one run on three hits over five innings. Jorge Soler was expected back in Daytona’s lineup Thursday.

Christian Villanueva hit a three-run home run to help Tennessee beat Huntsville, 4-1, on Wednesday. Eric Jokisch picked up the win, giving up three hits over six shutout innings. He struck out seven.

Rain postponed both Iowa’s and Kane County’s games on Wednesday. Iowa is scheduled to play Nashville Thursday, weather permitting. Kane County is slated to play Quad Cities if the rain stops.

— Carrie Muskat

4/6 Minor matters

Brad Nelson hit two home runs but it wasn’t enough as Albuquerque beat Iowa, 10-6, on Friday. Drew Carpenter started and took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. Nelson, who is playing third base, went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Logan Watkins reached base five times, and was 3-for-3, scoring two runs.

Christian Villanueva was 3-for-5 with four RBIs in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Pensacola. Alberto Cabrera struck out nine over six innings for the win. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits.

Zeke DeVoss had three hits to power a 15-hit attack and lead Daytona to a 8-0 win over Brevard County. Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs. Ryan Searle picked up the win in relief.

Tayler Scott gave up one unearned run over six innings and struck out six but did not get a decision as Kane County lost, 4-1, to Quad Cities. Wes Darvill had three hits.

— Carrie Muskat

3/17 Roster moves to come Monday

Javier Baez, who hit four home runs in back to back games, will officially be assigned to the Cubs’ Minor League camp on Monday. The shortstop has definitely made an impression in his first big league spring camp but still has some things to learn.

“He’s still got to face a lot of right-handed pitching,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday of Baez, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2011 who was batting .324 this spring. “There’s a lot to be learned and a lot to be learned at the plate when you’re going to face right-handed pitching constantly — sliders, and all that stuff — and know you’ll get quite a few of them and how you’re going to react.”

Baez, 20, isn’t the only one being sent down Monday. Jorge Soler, Christian Villanueva, Rafael Lopez and Josh Vitters will all be moving to Fitch Park. Soler, 21, will be assigned to the Cubs’ Class A Daytona team. Despite the moves, both Baez and Soler were expected to start Monday for the Cubs when they travel to Peoria to face the Padres.

The good news for the Cubs is there’s depth in the system.

“There’s a trail of guys getting ready to be a phone call away, there’s no doubt about that,” Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/26 Cubs 4, Rockies 2

Dave Sappelt and Christian Villanueva each hit solo home runs to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory Tuesday over the Rockies. Edwin Jackson, making his Cubs’ Cactus League debut, gave up two hits over two scoreless innings.

“Today was pretty much evaluation, and see where I am,” Jackson said. “It’s all mental. You keep the ball down and you execute pitches and everything is pretty much good and you can have a lot of success with the ball down in the zone.”

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin faced the minimum over two innings in his first Cactus League start. The Rockies athletic trainer had to check on the right-hander after he got Alfonso Soriano to line out for the first out in the second but Chacin stayed in the game. Apparently, he’s been bothered by a sore toe on his left foot, injured in pitcher’s fielding practice.

Villanueva hit a solo home run with one out in the Cubs third but the Rockies tied the game in the fourth as Carlos Gonzalez walked, stole second, moved up on a ground out and scored on Ben Paulsen’s single.

Starlin Castro doubled to lead off the Chicago fourth and scored two batters later on Brett Jackson’s sacrifice fly. Sappelt led off the sixth with his home run. DJ LeMahieu tripled to lead off the Rockies eighth and scored on Tim Wheeler’s sacrifice fly.

* On Wednesday, left-hander Brooks Raley will start when the Cubs play host to the Dodgers at HoHoKam Stadium. Raley was 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA in five starts with the Cubs last season, and 4-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Iowa. This will be his first Cactus League start. The game will be broadcast on

— Carrie Muskat


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